Matt Visinsky

2016 SMU Basketball Player Profile: Jarrey Foster poised for bigger role as sophomore

Billy profiles SMU guard Jarrey Foster, who has an opportunity to step into the starting lineup potentially as a sophomore.

Position: Guard
Year: Sophomore 
Size: 6-6, 220
Hometown: Houston, Tex.
High School: North Shore

Recruitment

Foster tore his ACL before his senior year and missed his high school senior year due to it. Before that, Foster was having a huge summer with M&E Elite on the circuit and poised to blow up even more. Foster averaged 16 points and 10 rebound his junior year as he was named the State Championship game MVP, leading North Shore to a state title. Foster landed at SMU after picking the Mustangs over Temple, UTEP and Rice.

2015-16 Recap

After playing in all 30 games, many would say Foster's year under Larry Brown was up-and-down due to fluctuating minutes. In nine games under Tim Jankovich, Foster was almost always above 15 minutes per game, scoring in double-digits twice. As Larry Brown returned, Foster's minutes dropped to single digits before playing over 20 in three of the next four.

As one of the more versatile players on the roster, Foster was found in the post at times and on the perimeter as well. A player that impressed with his want to rebound and defend, that found Foster earning many of his minutes as he was only in double digits twice on the season (both games under Jankovich). On the year, Foster averaged 4.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game with his career-high coming against Brown as he notched 15 points. Foster's inconsistent minutes under Brown hurt what was tracking to be a great freshman campaign. With how it ended, there's fuel to pursue more for Foster.

Outlook in 2016-17

Jarrey Foster arguably had his most success with Jankovich running the show, which leads many to believe his role will expand further this season as Foster fights for a starting spot with Ben Emelogu and freshmen Tom Wilson and Dashawn McDowell. Foster will also see time in Sterling Brown's spot at the three, where Foster will likely take over after Brown's departure. His athleticism might only be rivaled by Semi Ojeleye and Shake Milton. He's got that much bounce.

Foster could see himself starting at the two next to Milton and Brown on the perimeter. Brown has beefed up for more minutes in the post it seems like and that'll lead to Foster seeing an expanded role on the perimeter. With guys like Foster and Emelogu, it'll likely be 1A, 1B approach at the 2 spot for the Mustangs. One thing we already know is that while Jankovich likes Emelogu, he's enamoured with Foster and what he can be this year. Adding a better scoring touch might make it a slam dunk for Foster to start in the SMU backcourt and average something similar to Brown did last year with 10 points and four boards a game. That'd be solid production, but if SMU can get him to improve his .325 three-point shooting percentage, there's the chance to be special with his ability to defend too.

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